Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Trick AND a Treat Blog Hop

Trick-or-Treat! It's time for some fun and festive crafting with the Stampin' Pretty Pals! You've probably hopped over from Maggie Mata from Maggie Made Cards, I'm stop number 21 on the Pals Hop and I'm glad you hopped in! I'll help you "hop along" from blog to blog where you'll find great ideas for Stampin' Up! Halloween projects along with some tricks and treats along the way! Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the Pals Hop Line-up below and you'll be back on track!


Today, I have both a TRICK and a TREAT for you!  I have been working on this picture frame for quite a while now, and since I was close to finishing it, I thought it would be a great project to share with you.  This idea was sparked after seeing one similar on Sandy Mathis's blog.

I chose my colors from the Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP, Basic Black, More Mustard, Basic Gray, Tangerine Tango, and Very Vanilla.



I made twelve 2 1/4 squares, I wanted to make them all cohesive, so each square has a black background.  I used a piece of basic gray textured card stock for my base.  I reinforced it by cutting a matching piece of card board and spray glued my card stock to it.

I went through my stamps and pulled out Toxic Treats, Wicked Cool, Papaya Collage, Mixed Medley, and the Etruscan Elegance wheel.  Most of the stamped images have been heat embossed with either black or clear embossing powders.  There was a lot of sponging and spritzing to get a vintage feel.  All of these supplies can be found at my ONLINE STORE 24/7.  If you have any specific questions, email me!

Here are some of my favorite squares:




So I promised you a Trick and a Treat.  Here is my trick:


When trying to come up with a way that my squares would be perfectly aligned, I decided to cut pieces of card stock to 1/4 inch.  I then used removable tape runner and made a grid out of the card stock strips, when I was finished filling in my squares, I simply pulled the pieces off, the removable adhesive came right off.  This picture frame is a standard 8x10 frame.

For my Treat:


If you'd like a chance to win this fabulous Stampin' Card Keeper and Candy Cane Christmas Designer Fabric, simply leave a comment below by Friday. One random winner will be announced here next Tuesday, so be sure to come back to see if you are the winner!  I can only ship within the U.S. Winner has 24 hours to email me their name and mailing address so stay tuned for the announcement of the winner!



Now hop along for more tricks and treats and some spooky ideas from Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space, stop number 22 on the Pals Trick-or-Treat Blog Hop! Thanks for "hopping" by!

  1. Barb Furlong at The Love of Stamping
  2. Kim Czenszak at Live Love Stamp
  3. Nicole Picadura at Scraps & Stamps 
  4. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty 
  5. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog 
  6. Peggy Noe at Prettypapercards.com 
  7. Kerry Willard Bray at Stampgoodness 
  8. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb... 
  9. Naki Rager at ...notes from Naki 
  10. Sherrie Gross at Stampin Sunshine 
  11. Claire Crotteau-Hutt at Stamppaperscissors 
  12. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter 
  13. Laurie Chilton at Stampin' Ink 
  14. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping 
  15. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts 
  16. Brian King at Stamp with Brian 
  17. Ann Schach at The Stampin' Schach 
  18. Nicole Watt at Impressions by Nicole
  19. Shannon Hokanson at My Stampin Blog 
  20. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards 
  21. Sandra Conner at Pretty Provisions YOU ARE HERE
  22. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin' Space


56 comments:

Holly said...

Thanks for the chance to win! Your picture box is great! Love this idea.....I really need to purchase one!

Kris said...

I love your frame and thanks for the tip for lining it all up!

Brian King said...

Great projects, Sandie! I love these frames. Looks like Halloween is fun around the Conner house. :) Thanks for sharing!

MJ said...

What a great project, love that it is in a standard frame. Love the mantel too!

calamitypam said...

Perfect!! You have an amazingly creative mind!! Thanks for the inspiration and of course, the opportunity to win!!

Katy McGloin said...

Sandie, what a fantastic project! LOVE it!

richardbreaks said...

Wow, what a HUGE amount of great work going on here!!! Wonderful!!

Lina Delgado said...

Wow a great idea, luv it!

Anonymous said...

What a brilliant trick. I never would have thought about the temporary grid.
Pamala@smithabode.com

Kards by Kadie said...

Sandie, using a 1/4" temporary grid was BRILLIANT. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE how you used a standard picture frame to create this masterpiece. SO GORGEOUS - I'm just going to have to try this. MANY THANKS for sharing!

Shell Ann said...

Thank you for sharing - I love the tip. The picture box is great. Thank you for a chance to win a treat!!!

Mindy Placke said...

What a neat idea. I love the way your mantel looks all finished!

Rene said...

This is a terrific idea for all the holidays. Thanks for the instructions...I can see doing this for Thanksgiving and Christmas too.

SueBee said...

LOVE how your picture frame turned out ! TFS

Anonymous said...

Great idea with the tape grid. Thanks for sharing.
Molly S at mcsedlacko@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Love your picture frame!! Thanks for the chance to win!! Debbie. mam1duk@aol.com

Linda Callahan said...

Love the Halloween picture box! And your mantle is gorgeous!

Sarah Biswabic said...

What a great decoration! I love it!!

Anonymous said...

Great idea!! Thanks for a chance to win the Blog Candy!! Paula G.

Patti MacLeith said...

Your project is beautiful, but I LOVE your trick! I made a similar Christmas project last year, and it was very difficult to line up the squares!! Thanks for sharing!

Katie said...

This is so cool!!! I've been wanting to make something like this :) Thank you for the handy tip!!!

Call me Naki said...

WOW! I love your project and decorations! I love anything Halloween but this is just simply stunning! Thanks for the great tip too:-)

Janet Swofford said...

Love your framed project and the fabulous "trick"! My birthday is Oct.31st so I love all things Halloween :-) Thanks for the chance to win your great "treat" !
Inky hugs,
Janet

Texas JennyWren said...

i LOVE YOUR FRAMED COLLAGE. I TRIED TO MAKE SOMETHING LIKE IT BUT COULD NOT GET MY SQUARES EVEN. WHAT DID YOU DO TO GET THE SQUARES EVEN OR DID THE FRAME COME WITH A COLLAGE OF SQUARES ALREADY ON THE CARDBOARD?

IT IS VERY NICE!!

Mary Fish said...

what a fabulous idea for the hop and halloween. great tip, too!

Cathy said...

Thanks for the tip on grid cards & projects! I'd love to get the treat too! :) Cathy

cathymorgan said...

Great trick and hope I win the treat

DawnKathleen said...

Awesome project! Thank you for the tip.

Sylvia Meyer said...

I loved your trick for aligning them squares! Thanks for sharing

Carol said...

I've been wanting to make one of these framed pieces for a while. Yours is beautiful and thank you so much for your "trick"! Hope I can find time to make one.

Sherrie Gross said...

Such a great project. I can't wait to try out your trick.

Rae said...

Beautiful post Sandie! Can you come decorate for me?

Chris said...

I like the frames and all of your wonderful ideas.

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Fabulous idea! Great project, thanks for sharing it and for the chance to win.

MrsBeasley said...

Thanks for the chance to win this fabulous Stampin' Card Keeper and Candy Cane Christmas Designer Fabric!

Anonymous said...

I just LOVE this frame project!! Thank you for sharing and the tips. Tricia Barber

Traci Davis said...

Sandie your project is bootiful and the decorations on and around your mantle are wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

Brandie Schmiesing said...

Super awesome project! Thanks for sharing! :-)

Anonymous said...

I love your ideas!! The tricks you shared about lining up the blocks will come in handy when I do this project!!
Thank You!!
Gay Ferland
gay_ferland@yahoo.com

Bobbi said...

Love it. The trick is much appreciated! Nice job overall Sandie.

Cookie said...

Wow what a cute frame. I've been wanting to try my hand at this. Also great tip.Thanks.

Bette S said...

Awesome picture frame! I appreciate your tip, thanks!!

lisa808 said...

Great Halloween deco frame. Love your decorated fireplace and wall.

rosalie said...

What a great tip on how to align squares - very clever designs. Thanks for the chance to win!

Alissa said...

I. Love. This! You are so clever! I'm a demo in VA so if you draw my name, please pick again. I just had to stop in and tell you how lovely your project is. Cheers!

Brenna said...

Love the home decor! Te detail in each square is beautiful! Tfs
Brenna

Nanc said...

Hi Sandie,
Just wanted to drop you a line to tell you that I was blown away by your creativity...not only with this project, but by others you have posted on your blog. I've added you to my google reader, because I don't want to miss any of your future posts! Also, thanks for the opportunity to win the blog candy!!
Best regards,
Nanc

Ann Schach said...

Fabulous, Sandie! What a great tip!

Carol Carriveau said...

Love your Halloween frame...I will be doing one (actually 20 of us are swaping squares) this weekend, but with much smaller squares...such a great idea and fun to display every year!

Laurie said...

WOW! Sandie your picture frame was just beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing such a great idea. Thank you too for a chance to win. :)

Sandy said...

Love it! Very creative with the painters tape too!

Stephanie Osgood said...

Beautiful framed art! Very clever idea using the 1/4" card stock to line everything up.

the bean said...

Oh my! What beautiful work of art! TFS
The blog hop is awesome

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love your framed collage. I really want to make one of these soon.

Amiee Cordoza said...

What a beautiful addition to your Halloween display.

Penny M. said...

love your tip for the frames, cant wait to use it on my next project.

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